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2022-11-02  
Slaughter Mountain, AZ
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Slaughter Mountain, AZ 
Slaughter Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,319 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,319 ft AEG
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Slaughter Mountain (elevation of 6,556 feet and prominence of 1,156 feet) is a remote peak located in the San Carlos Apache Reservation. This area is probably Arizona's last frontier and is very isolated -- Slaughter Mountain is probably 60 miles from the nearest gas station, and the area is seemingly little changed from when Geronimo was out there some 150 years ago.

San Carlos recreation permits are now only sold at the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife office in Peridot, so I stopped by there to pick up a recreation permit.

It was a fairly long drive to get to Slaughter Mountain -- most of the drive was on a paved road full of pot holes. After that were several miles of dirt roads. The last 3.5 miles or so of the drive (after going through a crumple gate) required a high clearance 4WD vehicle -- I was in 4LO for that stretch.

There was no trail to get to Slaughter Mountain, but the route was fairly straightforward -- you could see what you needed to do. Part of the hike was fairly steep, but it was all class 1. It was kind of a pain though: the hike was mostly through thick, knee high grass with ankle-busting rock lurking underneath. Most of the time I could not see what I was stepping on, so the going was much slower than normal. The steeper parts of the descent were excruciatingly slow.

There were great views at the summit, and I had a nice lunch break up there.

There is supposed to be a fire agate mine on Slaughter Mountain, but I never saw signs of any mining. I cam up the SE side of the mountain, so I guess that the mining is on the base of the mountain on the west side.

I like this area, and I thought that it was an enjoyable hike in spite of the tall grass that I had to go through.
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